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Maha Bandula (မဟာဗန္ဓုလ)

Burmese. Name of a Burmese general, who was commander-in-chief of the Royal Burmese Armed Forces from 1821 AD until 1825 AD. He was a brilliant strategist and showed his remarkable generalship in the the First Anglo-Burmese War (1824-1826 AD), in he was killed by a mortar shell on 1 April 1825 AD, during the Battle of Danubyu. Maha Bandula was a key figure in the Konbaung Dynasty's policy of expansionism in Manipur and Assam, which eventually resulted in war and the beginning of the downfall of the dynasty. He is celebrated as a national hero by the Burmese for his resistance to the British, and today, some prominent places in the country are named after him. See also TRAVEL PICTURES (1) and (2).